Firbeck (St. Peter)
FIRBECK (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Worksop, S. division of the wapentake of Upper Strafforth and Tickhill, W. riding of York, 4 miles (S. W. by S.) from Tickhill; containing 191 inhabitants. It comprises 1258a. 1r. 31p., of which 775 acres are arable, 266 meadow and pasture, and 193 woodland. The soil, though chiefly thin, is, owing to the use of bonemanure and to good cultivation, exceedingly productive; the surface is varied, and the scenery picturesque. Limestone of excellent quality abounds; and in the north-west part of the parish, adjoining the famed Roche Abbey grounds, the rock partakes of the quality of the white limestone so valuable to statuaries, called "Roche Abbey stone." Firbeck Hall, the seat of the late Henry Gally Knight, Esq., M.P., is a handsome residence in a well-wooded demesne. The village is beautifully situated in a sequestered vale, watered by a rivulet. The living is a perpetual curacy, with the living of Letwell annexed, in the patronage of the Chancellor of the Cathedral of York, with a net income of £60, and a glebe-house and 13 acres of land: the tithes have been commuted for £200. The church, a neat structure in the early Norman style, was built in 1820 at the expense of Mr. Knight, aided by a grant of £120 from the Incorporated Society: in the churchyard are head-stones to two persons who attained the respective ages of 109 and 111 years.